Rethinking the Postpartum IUD

by Grace Stark

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A month before I delivered my firstborn, my dear friend had her fourth child. As I held my sweet new godson for the first time, my friend related her birth story from her hospital bed. “I’m so glad I won’t be doing that again for a while,” she half-joked, after she finished describing a long […]

The Road Ahead for Fertility Awareness, Charting Apps, and Women’s Health Technology

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) have come a long way from your grandmother’s rhythm or calendar method. In the second half of the twentieth century, researchers made tremendous strides in understanding how daily observations of a woman’s cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and urine samples can help women understand their fertility and gain insights into their […]

The Unique Challenges of Practicing NFP as a Military Family

by Grace Stark

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Sometimes promoters of Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) get criticized for painting too rosy a picture of these methods. And, truthfully, the promotional materials, workbooks, and charts for NFP—methods that help women know their cycle and their fertile time so that they can achieve or avoid pregnancy effectively without the use […]

Do Women’s Menstrual Cycles Really Sync? A Scientific Update

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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Sophomore year of college, I moved into a suite with six other young women. Before we’d finished unpacking, one of my roommates announced that her cycle was dominant and before we knew it, we’d all be in sync with her menstrual cycle. In other words, we’d all get our period on the same day of the […]

Let’s Hear It From the Husbands

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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It’s fair to say that using Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) to achieve or avoid a pregnancy will change your sex life. A couple effectively using a FABM (such as the Sympto-thermal Method, Creighton, Billings Ovulation Method, or Marquette) needs to be in constant communication with each other about their plans for a family and to have […]

Femtech Needs to Improve In Educating on Fertility Awareness

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

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How the Pill messes with women’s minds Why does the Pill cause depression Can the Pill make you angry These are just a few of the over 500 terms the side effects of “the Pill” being searched online every day. The range of health issues associated with the Pill are troubling—acne, anxiety, depression, libido loss, […]

Demystifying Perimenopause with Fertility Awareness Methods

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

A woman in her mid-twenties who begins using a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) for charting or family planning will find it pretty straightforward. Ovulation is clear, and it’s easy to see the patterns emerging through her biomarkers in her cycles that tell her what’s going on hormonally. Other periods in a woman’s life, however, such […]

Maybe You’re Not Crazy, Maybe You’re On the Pill

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

2011 was the year I first realized the conflict between eating an organic, hormone-free diet while taking synthetic hormones like the birth control pill. My fellow editors and I were discussing an article on living green and how, for a society obsessed with eating clean, we wondered how inorganic the Pill was on our sexual […]

Natural Womanhood Exclusive Interview: Abby Johnson on the Benefits of Natural Family Planning

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, has personal and professional experience with hormonal contraception. She is also author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line and founder of And Then There Were None, an organization that assists abortion-clinic workers seeking […]

Does Caffeine, Alcohol, or Smoking Affect Fertility?

by Meghan Gresk

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We’ve all heard it before: that alcohol, caffeine, and smoking are no-go’s when we’re pregnant. But what about when you’re just trying to get pregnant, or just making a game plan for trying to get pregnant? Do you need to cut these substances out of your life entirely? Well, let’s break it down. Alcohol First, […]